The 1920s saw some significant changes in Houston. The city adopted an ordinance that funneled money into a public library system. The first fine arts museum in Texas, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, opened to the public in 1924. And perhaps most important of all, air-conditioning was installed in a public building.
That same year, three businessmen purchased 1,000 acres west of downtown to create a premier “garden suburb,” hiring landscape architects and design consultants to draft the master plan. There would be fancy homes, as well as a few modest bungalows, shopping centers, parks, and esplanades lined in flowers and live oaks.
Fast forward a hundred years and River Oaks is still known for many of those things: large estates surrounded by gardens, upscale shopping and restaurants, and picturesque green spaces. The original historic homes comingle with newer builds, like this 1969 house, which has a handsome, symmetrical brick façade and manicured landscaping covering a half-acre lot.
Inside, there’s 8,593 square feet arrayed over three floors, with a bevy of formal spaces, like the front hall with a checkered floor and grand living room, balanced by more cozier spots, like the bay-windowed breakfast nook, shelf-lined library, and butler’s pantry. Double glass doors connect to the grounds at all turns, as does a window-lined corridor on the rear façade, and family room with vaulted ceilings and exposed rafters.
Everything feels pretty classic here, from the herringbone wood floors and marble counters in the kitchen, to the crown molding, wainscot, and brick floors, to the manicured backyard. There, find the perfect spot to unwind after exploring the shopping and dining options in the neighborhood, whether by the pool, or perched on one of the charming patios, listening to the fountains in the garden.
Listing Fast Facts
Size: 8,593 square feet/4 bedroom/5.5 bath
List Date: 11/4/2022
List Price: $6,950,000
Check out the full listing for 3355 De Monte Drive on Compass's website.